Here’s how to clean your Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks, as magical as they are, tend to get a little haggard over time. Each pair of Birks I’ve owned tends to turn black in the footbed a few months after wearing them, and honestly, it’s pretty gross.

I’ve tried to clean the footbeds of my Birks several different ways, none of which have been successful. I came across an article via Bustle that explains how to properly and effectively clean your go-to shoes, though, and I thought it might benefit anyone else whose Birks are looking a little worn.

A good start in the process of keeping your Birks looking like new is to give them a good wipe whenever grass or dirt begins to settle in the footbed. The article explains that having dirt in the footbed is what contributes to discolouration and suggests wiping the shoes out every few weeks with a damp cloth as a preventative measure.

For a deeper clean, the article provides a concoction which requires “a simple paste of baking soda or Borax and water,” which is intended to remove stubborn stains from your shoes. It suggests to “combine either powder with a small amount of water, just enough to form a paste. Rub a quarter of the paste into the footbed of one shoe (don’t be grossed out if it turns brown). After using your hands to spread the paste, use an old toothbrush to really up the cleaning power. Gently scrub the paste into the footbed using circular motions. Rinse the paste with water then repeat on the other shoe. Apply the rest of the paste to your shoes then leave it to sit overnight. The next morning, rinse your shoes once more. Once they dry, your Birkenstocks will be noticeably cleaner.”

The article also explains that Birkenstocks should never be left out in the sun to dry, as the heat can cause cracks, which is something I imagine a lot of us are guilty of.

I’m definitely going to give this cleaning method a try, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, grab a damp cloth and wipe those Birks!

Photo credit: <a href=””>Frans &amp; all</a> on <a href=”″>Visual hunt</a> / <a href=””&gt; CC BY-NC</a>

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